STEM Research and Instruction Librarian

  • Participates as a subject specialist and generalist in the provision of reference and research assistance to users, through  in-person + virtual  consultations, phone consultations , and email correspondence.
  • Participates as a collection development resource and library liaison for designated disciplines: engineering, nursing, mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics..
  • Develops and updates subject-specific LibGuides and other instructional materials to improve access to and use of the library collections.
  • Provides individual and group library instruction, both in general and in subject-specific settings.
  • Monitor scholarly publishing trends and their impact on information and library services to STEM students and faculty
  • Works in tandem with colleagues in the Libraries and across campus to develop and expand new library initiatives, including the promotion of scholarly communications and open access.
  • Participates as a professional member in the University Libraries in shared collegial decision making and planning; participate in committees and ad hoc projects; contribute to the library profession and engage in professional development activities; participate in and contribute to professional organizations and publications.

The STEM Research and Instruction Librarian will provide library instruction, research services, and collection development for designated subject areas. This position serves as the liaison librarian to the School of Engineering, the Conway School of Nursing, and to the departments of Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics.  This position operates as part of a team of research and instruction librarians responsible for engaging students and faculty in using the collections and services available in the University Libraries. As appropriate, the librarian collaborates and partners with campus groups, such as the Center for Teaching Excellence and outside groups,  such as the Washington Research Library Consortium.


Minimum Qualifications:


ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library Science or equivalent required; secondary degree in a STEM discipline and at least one (1) to two (2)  year of experience working in a college or university library, particularly those serving scientists or engineers.

Preferred Qualifications: Skill in using common computer software, library-specific applications, and social media (e.g., word processing software, bibliographic systems, databases, etc.).


The purpose of the library system of The Catholic University of America is to support and enrich the instructional, research, and service programs of the University. The Library, as an integral component of the academic process, provides access to our cultural and scientific heritage through library resources and services and cooperates actively with the faculty and students in the teaching, learning and research process. In recognition of the University's position as a Catholic institution of higher education, the Library also has the responsibility for sharing resources and services with both the Catholic Church and the scholarly community.

Central to the work of the institution, the Library carries out its mission by serving as the primary resource for content-related materials to:

  • support the course related needs of undergraduates,
  • meet the research and scholarly needs of graduate students and faculty members,
  • provide users with access to materials located outside the immediate library system, and
  • equip users with the skills and resources needed for continuous lifelong learning.

The Library organizes, manages, and preserves unique books and materials that serve as records of our Catholic intellectual heritage and culture through special collections.

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